William Bryan Jennings (that’s really quite a name!) is the co-head of fixed income capital markets in the Americas at Morgan Stanley, but he’s been placed on leave, a bank spokesperson confirmed.
That’s because he was arrested and charged with a hate crime for allegedly threatening and stabbing a taxi driver of Middle Eastern descent with a penknife back in December in a dispute of over a $200 cab fare. His attorney has denied those allegations claiming Jennings was a victim of abduction and the penknife incident was an accident.
Obviously this is a huge deal because Jennings holds a high level position at the bank and it’s not clear what his future at the firm will be. A bank spokesperson could not comment on that matter.
Jennings has been a managing director and co-head of fixed income and capital markets at Morgan Stanley for the last decade, according to his LinkedIn profile.
What’s more is he’s been working for Morgan Stanley since 1993 when he joined as an associate in the investment banking division and eventually worked his way up to become a vice president in the bank’s global capital markets division and later an executive director for the investment bank.
He currently resides in a $3.65 million home in Darien, Connecticut. Here’s his New York Times wedding announcement.
He grew up in Connecticut and attended New Canaan high school where he graduated in 1985, his profile shows.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in political economy from Williams College. He also has an MBA in finance and accounting from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.
According to his attorney, Jennings, who pulled a penknife during the taxi cab incident, is a fisherman. That’s why he was carrying a penknife.